CeCelia Wickham Anderson
CeCelia Wickham Anderson has over 20 years experience as a singer incorporating Gospel, Spirituals, Jazz, African and Caribbean genres into her repertoire, and 10 years experience as an accomplished workshop leader. Her passion for singing initially developed through singing with her family. Rooted in the black church, she began piano lessons, aged 9, playing for church services, and accompanying various groups and soloists in her early teens.
CeCelia has performed with various celebrities such as Mick Hucknell, Jules Holland, and Willard White and more recently Ray Charles, Take 6 and Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Jazz Centre Orchestra. She has performed at various Royal and Parliamentary events, in the presence of members of the Royal Family including Princess Diana and the Queen, President Clinton and Tony Blair, in such venues as the Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls, the opening of the Dome, Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Observance Day, The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Opera House, Australia. She has also provided backing vocals for some well known Gospel artists such as Vicki Winans, Alvin Slaughter and Helen Baylor, and has made several television and radio appearances with Black Voices and the London Adventist Chorale.
In April 2000 CeCelia joined Black Voices singing tenor and bass. Black Voices, a female acappella quintet, “is one of the most solid and leading performance and teaching companies in the UK, sharing acappella, primarily from Africa but also throughout the Diaspora. The company, while inspired by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Mahalia Jackson, Take Six to name a few, has, since inception, forged its own dynamic way of distilling and representing black music from an African, Caribbean, Black British perspective. Grounded in the black church, the group presents acappella, both sacred and secular, which challenges, is captivating and entertaining. From Gospel to spirituals, Caribbean to African, jazz and blues”. The Guardian, 2004
In addition to performances, she facilitates workshops, on behalf of Black Voices, working in partnership with organisations such as Music 4 Change, the National Foundation for Youth Music and her own company working in partnership with Greenwich and Woolwich, teaching in the Oral Tradition. Workshops are offered to all age groups, professional and non-professional singers, schools and colleges.
In 2009 Celia became the Principal Director for the Chelmsford Community Gospel Choir, a multi-racial, multi-faith group of dedicated singers, looking to expand their experience and repertoire.
Some comments/feedback from participants who have attended CeCelia’s workshops:
“Celia was amazing”
“Excellently led by Celia – great voice and good teaching technique”
“Students were thrilled”
“Very successful – nothing but good feedback”
“Excellent help for material for the group and forthcoming concerts. Students benefited from expert tuition.”
“I have never learned so much or enjoyed myself so much within one hour!”
“Celia was fantastic and her enthusiasm was so contagious”
“Thanks Celia, you were brilliant – I enjoyed the gamelan and Scottish music workshops too, but would have happily spent all day with you!”